• embroidery

    Hey, It’s Christmas Again!

    Our coffee press broke a few days ago (I know, tragic!) so I went to Tar-jay, and what to my wondering eyes did appear? A bin full of Hannukah stocking caps (or toboggans, as Matt calls them).  It’s officially holiday time! To that end, I am throwing my eco-friendly weirdo ornaments into the consumerist carnival. And some pillows. My shop is overflowing with them, currently. If I worked at it, I could probably have enough weird things to set up an actual table at a holiday show… I did a little photo shoot in the pine tree in my front yard. Outdoor crafty photoshoots are always risky business. Products certainly look…

  • embroidery,  Other Stuff I Made

    Existential Embroidery Time!

    I had some free time and needed a break from quilts so decided to get a head start on making some Christmas ornaments to sell and give away. I finished a bunch of them yesterday, but Matt borrowed our super-camera to take pictures of molecules or something science-y like that. So, then, my soaking wet cat ran in from the rain and kept joyfully headbutting my hand as I attempted phone pictures (note paw prints). But what is really on my mind is my slow disillusionment on the concept of making things to sell them.  Yesterday I saw for the first time some embroidery featured on the front page of Etsy. Regretsy.com…

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    It’s OK to be Jealous…

    I’m experimenting with printing onto fabric using an inkjet printer. Laserjet doesn’t work because the ink just sits on top of the fabric and you can rub it off. This is my first try and I’m very happy with the picture quality EXCEPT it’s not waterproof, which for some reason I didn’t think of, a huge bummer. It got some raindrops on it when I was sewing outside and the ink ran! Now I’m not sure what to do with it as a final project. I could frame it? I wanted it to be a sexy Elvis pillow, but I think that a sexy Elvis pillow needs to be able…

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    Embroidery at Occupy Columbus

    This is not exactly what Democracy looks like, per se, to me, but here I am just the same. My picture has been in the paper before, but this is probably one of my funniest moments. And, happily this is totally anonymous, except that I’m bragging about it. Here is the full article/photos/video. I wanted to stay at the rally for more than a few hours so I brought something to keep my hands busy. Yes, it is a rhino playing guitar. I thought about sewing up some cool slogan, but I wasn’t feeling any in particular. One gal I talked with said she had a bag of yarn laying…

  • embroidery,  Other Stuff I Made,  Product Placement/Reviews,  wedding

    Yes, I’m selling that too!

    Today I have been busy being Ms. Local Economy. I put my wedding dress and a million other things leftover from the wedding on Craigslist today. Five antique cake plates anyone? A basket of silk flowers? All the free stuff is already gone, so if you wanted some bright orange soot-covered faux-suede folding chairs, SORRY (note: these are not from the wedding, actually, just some crap we had around the house).  It freed up a bunch of space in my living room and now I’m really excited about getting rid of ALL THE THINGS! Don’t tell Matt! Some people have told me I should save my wedding dress to make…

  • embroidery,  Other Stuff I Made

    Pillow Party!

    I accomplished several things today, on MY BIRTHDAY. 1. I continued having a cold/sinus infection. Good work! 2. I peacefully got the squirrel that my cat chased into my house off my desk and out the door. (Though I could have gotten better pictures…) 3. I posted a bunch of pillows that I finished on Etsy. And a very geeky set of ornaments. I’m excited to have stuff up there that’s under $100 again.  I did the embroideries mostly over the winter, but never turned them into pillow cases. The last couple days I’ve been determined to “Make It Sew.” And sew I did. Ooh, can I patent “Make It…

  • embroidery,  Free Pattern

    Carrot or Carrot? Free Pattern and Survey

    Hey hey hey! The Veggie embroidery patterns are getting closer. I’m sitting on my 95 degree front porch drinking iced soymilk/espresso, my laptop is burning a whole in my skirt, and I’m staring at these two drawings of carrots gardening, wondering, which is better? Or should I include both? I suppose I’m more inclined towards the curly haired carrot, since, you know, I’m curly haired. But the straight mohawk carrot has a gentle fierceness I appreciate. So, long story short, I’m offering these for free, and if you want to embroider up a sample of them and give me a critique on my patterns, I’ll give you a bunch of…

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    New Pattern: Snuggle Time!

    OMG I finally made a new pattern. Kind of the opposite of the summer veggies patterns I am working on thinking about working on, it is a wintery-ish pattern – umm…in honor of everyone over wintering in Antarctica right now? Did you know that they get an order of over 16,000 condoms in for the 100 researchers who spend the winter there? Anyway, if it is summer where you are, you always have the option to sit in front of a fan to snuggle with your favorite moose or unicorn, so my timing is still good. Even though I drew this and probably am not supposed to gush over my own stuff,…

  • embroidery,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Piles of Unfinished Stuff This Week

    Normally I quilt on one project until it’s done, but these past few weeks that has not been the case. It’s Work In Progress Wednesday! I started the red/purple whole cloth quilt last week and got it all quilted up, but I can’t decide how to bind it. I think I want to bind it in matching velvet, because, why not! Any thoughts? I am afraid to introduce anything much to it, but I don’t want to be boring. I free-motion quilted the flowers – which I drew on – and I’m very happy with it. Though I wish it was bigger.  It is that size quilt that’s too big…

  • embroidery,  Free Pattern,  Garden,  Uncategorized

    Veggies on Their Way!

    Because it’s raining too much to do much with my veggies in the garden, I’ve decided to finally finish my Veggies Extravaganza pattern series. Oh did you not know I was working on a Veggie Pattern series? That’s because I have been very lazy, ahem, secretive about it. The only hint I have given was the free “Kale On Guitar” pattern I put out in February. I’ll do some more free veggie patterns sometime soon (definitely within the next five years!). I’m stitching up the sample For Sale patterns right now. One thing that is amazing about veggies is that their little sprouts taste just like the big version of…